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Saturday 14th November, 2015 - 12:24pm

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Johnson scored his first pole of 2015

Johnson scored his first pole of 2015

Jimmie Johnson might not be in the fight to win his seventh NASCAR title, but that again has not held him back as he took his first pole of the year, coming at the penultimate race of the season at Phoenix.

After being the spoiler last week with victory at Texas, Johnson set a new track qualifying record with a speed of 230.391 km/h (143.158 mph).

“Qualifying has never been my sweet spot, so it was good to get one this year,” said Johnson.

“Everyone at Hendrick Motorsports has worked hard to get better. We’re trying to get every trophy we can and have a little fun.”

Championship contender Kurt Busch will share the front row, while Johnson’s teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start third alongside another title contender Carl Edwards. Martin Truex Jr., who is also in the championship fight, rounded out the top five.

Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski, who both need a victory to advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead next weekend, were the lowest-qualifying Chase contenders in 14th and 18th respectively.

The other title contenders were in far better positions with Kevin Harvick in eighth, Kyle Busch in 10th, while the only driver locked into the Final 4, Jeff Gordon, will start from 11th.

VIDEO: Johnson talks about his pole

QUALIFYING: Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 – Phoenix International Raceway

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH TIME BEHIND
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Patriotic 143.158 25.147 Leader
2 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation 142.880 25.196 –0.049
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide 142.580 25.249 –0.102
4 19 Carl Edwards Stanley 142.501 25.263 –0.116
5 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row/Visser Precision 142.292 25.300 –0.153
6 42 Kyle Larson Target Camo 142.287 25.301 –0.154
7 20 Erik Jones Dollar General 142.219 25.313 –0.166
8 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser / Jimmy John’s 142.068 25.340 –0.193
9 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance 142.062 25.341 –0.194
10 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy 141.833 25.382 –0.235
11 24 Jeff Gordon Pepsi 141.409 25.458 –0.311
12 1 Jamie McMurray Sherwin Williams 141.409 25.458 –0.311
13 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express 141.665 25.412 –0.265
14 22 Joey Logano Pennzoil 141.649 25.415 –0.268
15 27 Paul Menard Duracell / Menards 141.393 25.461 –0.314
16 3 Austin Dillon Bad Boy Buggies / Realtree 141.343 25.470 –0.323
17 43 Aric Almirola United States Air Force 141.282 25.481 –0.334
18 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 141.271 25.483 –0.336
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Cargill Ford Fusion 140.944 25.542 –0.395
20 16 Greg Biffle Jardiance Ford Fusion 140.691 25.588 –0.441
21 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy 140.378 25.645 –0.498
22 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Global Mining 140.280 25.663 –0.516
23 47 AJ Allmendinger Fry’s/Clorox 140.252 25.668 –0.521
24 13 Casey Mears GEICO Military 139.735 25.763 –0.616
25 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt 139.492 25.808 –0.661
26 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 139.459 25.814 –0.667
27 15 Clint Bowyer 5 Hour Energy 139.265 25.850 –0.703
28 9 Sam Hornish Jr Go Bowling / G1GABLAST 139.114 25.878 –0.731
29 55 David Ragan Aaron’s Online Dream Machine 138.910 25.916 –0.769
30 83 Matt DiBenedetto VooDoo Barbeque 138.900 25.918 –0.771
31 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 138.739 25.948 –0.801
32 40 Landon Cassill Interstate Moving Services 138.212 26.047 –0.900
33 26 J.J. Yeley Maxim 138.164 26.056 –0.909
34 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops 137.878 26.110 –0.963
35 7 Alex Bowman Nikko RC / Toy State 137.868 26.112 –0.965
36 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 137.799 26.125 –0.978
37 23 Jeb Burton Dr. Pepper 136.997 26.278 –1.131
38 35 Cole Whitt TBD 136.820 26.312 –1.165
39 32 Joey Gase R FACTOR 2 136.747 26.326 –1.179
40 34 Brett Moffitt Dockside 136.462 26.381 –1.234
41 98 Ryan Preece Xyience 135.486 26.571 –1.424
42 33 Ryan Ellis ScienceLogic 134.710 26.724 –1.577
43 62 Timmy Hill Prairie Auto Credit/Financial Concepts 131.507 27.375 –2.228

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